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March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1863-2009

"Can Seattle's oldest newspaper be successfully transformed into a child of the information age? The Northwest is a land of big dreams. With the demise of the Soviet Union, one quipster noted that Puget Sound is now home to three empires still bent on global dominion: Microsoft, Amazon.com and Starbuck's. If the stars align properly and with a quality product, Seattle will show the way to a new model for journalism of the written word."

--Joel Connelly, columnist, in today's final print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Lewiston's library named a national star by 'Library Journal'

By Natalie Buckley

February 23, 2009 | LEWISTON - Library Journal has rated the city's library as one of the 256 "star" libraries in the country.

The library was rated as five stars in the Feb. 15 issue of the journal, along with the Salt Lake City Public Library. Library Journal rates 7,115 public libraries, and the top libraries in each group receive five, four, or three Michelin guide-like stars.

"Our library is the best in the state of Utah," said city treasurer Robert Barlow, "What other town so small has a library so big?"

Lewiston's librarian and director Chris Martinez said on LibraryJournal.com that included in the mission statement of the Lewiston Public Library that "the library will serve as a center for learning and enrichment for all residents of the community regardless of age level."

The library hosts many activities to help the community in providing free tax services, story times, child activities, and flu shot clinics. Also the library gives away free magazines during the month of January. During certain times of the year, in place of charging library fines, the library works with the food pantry. For every dollar in fines, a person can donate a can of food. Also during the summer the library sponsors reading programs and holds preschool story time.

"We have tremendous community support," said Martinez. "The library is a hub of activity and a main source of information for the community at large."

The library helps community residents obtain information for their personal, educational, and professional needs. The library holds eight computers where teenagers and adults can use the internet, and two computers with educational games for children three years and older.

"In our county, most cities restrict the use of the library to those living within city limits. As we live in a rural town, we allow people to use our library at no cost."

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